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Tromoy Church (Arendal)
#1 of 18 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: Tromoy church is located at Flademoen on the southern side of Tromoy, and the church was originally a Romansque stone church... more » Owner description: Tromoy church is located at Flademoen on the southern side of Tromoy, and the church was originally a Romansque stone church built around 1150. The church was reconstructed to a cruciform church between 1748-1758, and today this fabulous church is one of Arendal's oldest sights. The church is an old seamark, and due to the unsheltered location, the church is without a tower. The interior of Tromoy church is beautiful. There are wood carvings and painted interior from the 1750s, restored in 1926-1939. Several details in the church are worth mentioning, like the baptismal font made of soapstone from the 14th century, and candlesticks made of brass from 1660 Important people were buried inside the church in the Middle Ages, both in the choir and in the nave. The tombs had large gravestones in the church floor. It has been illegal to bury people inside the church since 1805, and the large gravestones were moved outside during the restoration in the 1750s. They are now visible along the churchyard wall in the west, together with boulders from Tromoy. Tromoy church has been opened to the public in July many summers, to those who wish to study the church. More information, see contact information. « less
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Trinity Church (Arendal)
#2 of 18 attractions in Aust-Agder
  • New Church Organ 12/02/2013
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: The trinity church is the third church on this site. The first church, a Y-shaped wooden structure, was erected in 1670. A... more » Owner description: The trinity church is the third church on this site. The first church, a Y-shaped wooden structure, was erected in 1670. A desire to assert the town's status over Kristiansand was probably the motive behind its construction. In the 1830s, the town's shipping industry flourished, the population grew and the church became too small and was therefore demolished in 1832. In 1833, Crown Prince Oscar (Oscar I) laid the foundation stone for an octagonal church. Over the next 50 years, the population of Arendal doubled. According to church law, a church had to have seating which corresponded to the population of the parish, so a new church again had to be built. In 1888, the third church was completed, in spite of the financial collapse of the banks in 1886. It towers above the Arendal skyline with its 87-metre-high tower. The church was ravaged by fire in 1902, but the damage was fortunately not extensive. The large chandelier which now hangs in the church vestibule originates from the town's first church. Copperplate engravings from the 16th century can be seen near the baptismal font. The new pipe organ was built by the German company Werkstätte für Orgelbau Mühleisen, and it has about 3900 pipes between 4 millimetres and 7 metres high. It is (November 2010) the fourth largest church pipe organ in Norway, with 59 voices and built in a German-Romantic style. Opening hours Tuesday-Thursday 1230-1400. « less
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Risor Kirke (Risor)
#3 of 18 attractions in Aust-Agder
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Fjaere Kirke (Grimstad)
#4 of 18 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
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Kalvoysund Fort (Arendal)
#5 of 18 attractions in Aust-Agder
Category: Military Bases/ Facilities
Owner description: Kalvoysund fort was a German coastal fort at Kalvoysund on the island Flostaoya east of Arendal town, built during WW2. The... more » Owner description: Kalvoysund fort was a German coastal fort at Kalvoysund on the island Flostaoya east of Arendal town, built during WW2. The battery was meant to cover the eastern seaward approach to Arendal, and the area was more than 10 acres large. Kalvoysund fort was one of the largest fortifications the Germans built in Southern Norway during the second World War. The fortifications were built in 1941 and consisted of about 50 buildings and bunkers. There are four locations for cannons in the area, and the cannons who were there had a range of 11-12000 metres. Bunkers and other parts of the fortification are kept partially well, and the foundation walls from many of the buildings are still left in the landscape. After WW2, the fort was run by the Norwegian armed forces for a while, and there were a couple of military exercises on the fort. Then the area was given to the local authorities, and it is now a popular recreational area. There is a public bathing area in Kalvoysund, and the area is open to the public. « less
Birkenes Church (Birkeland)
#6 of 18 attractions in Aust-Agder
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Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Religious Sites
Owner description: A timber cruciform church from 1858, in Byzantine-Roman style. Architect Chr. H. Grosch. Alterpiece: The resurrection by Lars... more » Owner description: A timber cruciform church from 1858, in Byzantine-Roman style. Architect Chr. H. Grosch. Alterpiece: The resurrection by Lars Osa, 1908. 650 seats. Open by appointment at tel +47 900 69 196 « less
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Iveland Church (Iveland Municipality)
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Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: Cruciform church built in 1836. The older of the church's two bells was cast in Helsingor in Denmark in 1656. For a guided... more » Owner description: Cruciform church built in 1836. The older of the church's two bells was cast in Helsingor in Denmark in 1656. For a guided tour contact the church warden, Adina Skaiaa, tel. 975 06190 (mob.) or 379 62154. « less
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Iveland Mines (Iveland Municipality)
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Category: Mines
Owner description: The area encompasses several mines and quarries with quartz, feldspar and other rare minerals. Mineral mine tour areas suited... more » Owner description: The area encompasses several mines and quarries with quartz, feldspar and other rare minerals. Mineral mine tour areas suited for families. Entry cards are sold in the Iveland commune house. This card is valid for all mines. If you only want to visit one particular mine, you can pay at the mine itself. Self-service ticket payments for visits to certain mines. (Information Boards can be found at the mine entrances). Litjern mine - near Litjern the bedrock is comprised of large amounts pegmatite. Their have been several test explosions where many of the following minerals are found: Feldspar (microcline, cleavelanditt, albite, amazonite), quartz, beryl, gahnitt, muscovite, biotite, micro bit, fersmitt and other micro minerals in fine crystallization. Kjorka mine is the biggest rupture in the area. Solas mining - Solas rupture is a relatively small open pit. It was opened by Olaf Landsverk in 1960 in connection with a major international geological congress. The intention was that geologists from several countries would be able to look for minerals in the newly exploded mass. The mine has recently been run as a hobby for minerals. The main minerals in the mine are different types of feldspar (cleavelanditt, amazonite, albite, microcline) muscovite, biotite and quartz in various colors. The break is also known for beryl, pessartin, magnetite, gahnitt, tourmaline, euxenitt, aunt bit kolumbitt, fluorite and fine crystallized microitt. Steli mining - Steli mining (also called Tveit 3) is a 80 x 30 meters large open pit, where during the first half of the 1900s, operating in feldspar, quartz and mica. The main minerals in the mine are quartz, feldspar (microcline, plagioclase, moonstone), muscovite and biotite. The break is especially known for its abundance of almandin-/spessartingranat. In addition, it found allanitt, bertranditt, beryl, bismuthinitt, euxenitt, ferrokolumbitt, ilmenorutil, chlorite, molybdenitt, monazite, pyrite, co dirt, xenotim and zircon. Slobreka mining Slobrekka mine was operated for feldspar and rare minerals from the beginning of the 1900s. The mine is an open pit with an entrance in two places. The mining area with the tip is in total about 100 x 50 meters. The main minerals in the mine are feldspar (moonstone), quartz and muscovite. The break is especially known for being the discovery place for gadolinite. Since the reopening of the mine in 2002, there was also found aeschynitt, fergusonitt, monazite, hematite, zircon, magnetite, allanitt, spessartin, biotite and bismuthinitt of unusual size. Knipane mine consists of several mines. The mines have been operating since the end of the 1800s and well into the nineteenth century. The area has been open to visitors since the 1980s and a great number of minerals can be found. The main minerals are albite and smoky quartz in addition to microcline and biotite. The breaches are particularly known for the discovery site of a number of rare minerals. Over the last few years it is only in Storsynken been found pyrite, fluorapatitt, titanite, laumontitt, krysokoll, fergusonitt, zircon, amethyst and allanitt. The Kongsberg Mine are among other things, beryl, pyrite, polykras and pyrrhotitt. A total of about 50 different types of minerals have been found in the area, and thortveititt was for the first time ever recorded from a small mine in a Knipane. The prices vary from mine to mine. The price of the common cards are constant: Day pass from 50, - - 100 - « less
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Herefoss Church (Birkenes Municipality)
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Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Religious Sites
Owner description: Octagonal wooded church from 1865. Seating capacity approx. 200, colourful Renaissance altarpiece, originally from Oddernes... more » Owner description: Octagonal wooded church from 1865. Seating capacity approx. 200, colourful Renaissance altarpiece, originally from Oddernes Church, probably came to Herefoss at the beginning of the eighteenth century. The church was restored in 1965. Open by appointment. « less
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Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: Vestre Moland church is a stone church from approx. 1200. Alterpiece from 1630 with paintings by Gotfried Hendtzschel. The... more » Owner description: Vestre Moland church is a stone church from approx. 1200. Alterpiece from 1630 with paintings by Gotfried Hendtzschel. The church was extended into a cruciform church in 1797. Restored in 1966. « less
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Hovag Church (Lillesand)
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Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: Originally a 10 m long stone church dating back to approximately the year 1000. In 1767 expanded to twice its original size.... more » Owner description: Originally a 10 m long stone church dating back to approximately the year 1000. In 1767 expanded to twice its original size. In 1831 a wing was added on to the north facing wall. The restauration was completed in 1831. Open by appointment,913 20 619. « less
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Category: Historic Sites
Sandra Svendsen's House dates from 1723 and is the oldest house in town, and one of the loveliest.
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Category: Military Bases/ Facilities
Owner description: Justoya coastal fort, constructed by the Germans during the 2nd World, with 5 heavy gun and 2 anti-aircraft positions,... more » Owner description: Justoya coastal fort, constructed by the Germans during the 2nd World, with 5 heavy gun and 2 anti-aircraft positions, several bunkers and a network of tunnels. The area was fenced in and mines were laid. About 360 soldiers were stationed here. « less
Tollboden (Lillesand)
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Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: This is a timber house dating from about 1730, used for customs and excise from 1838. The building was listed for... more » Owner description: This is a timber house dating from about 1730, used for customs and excise from 1838. The building was listed for preservation in 1991. « less
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Landvik Kirke (Grimstad)
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Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Landvik Church is a cruciform church dating back to 1824.
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Eden Church (Grimstad)
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Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Architectural Buildings
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Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: Grimstad Art Society is located in Reimanngarden. Reimanngarden dates back to the 1700s, and is where Henrik Ibsen lived and... more » Owner description: Grimstad Art Society is located in Reimanngarden. Reimanngarden dates back to the 1700s, and is where Henrik Ibsen lived and worked when he first arrived in Grimstad. « less
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Bykle Old Church (Bykle Municipality)
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Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: Bykle old church is located next to the new church building which opened in 2004. This is the oldest and perhaps most... more » Owner description: Bykle old church is located next to the new church building which opened in 2004. This is the oldest and perhaps most distinctive church building in the Setesdal Valley. It is constructed of logs, and has been restored several times. The church, with its altar from 1619, was completely renovated in 1804 when two galleries and a spire were added. The floorboards in the galleries and the timber in the armoury ceiling were originally used in an older church. In 1826, the church was decorated with traditional Norwegian rose paintings by Aslak Wasshus and K.a. Byklum. In the summer of 1997, the rose paintings underwent a thorough restoration. « less